Day 6 Santa Fe and South Plaza Island

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Today I’ve woken up with a head cold. I think weeks of battling people at work and on the bus coughing on me, long travel and probably the cold snorkel tipped me over the edge.

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Still not terrible, I load up on antihistamines (best I have) and head off to Santa Fe.

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The small beach has a decent sea lion population just lazing around in the sun.

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One of the main reasons to drag my butt out of bed was to see this guy – the Santa Fe land iguana.

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They’re only found on this particular island.

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They take a liking to one of the other kid’s red Air Jordans and get a bit excited as they go past.

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There’s quite a few iguanas in the small area we walk around.

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There’s also a few hawks out looking for food.

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Then back to the boat

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So we can get our fins, wet suits etc so we can go for our first snorkle.

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There’s lots of fish.

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The water is really cold.

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So I’m quite glad to get out and get in the sun to warm up.

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As we set sail to South Plaza Island there’s quite a few birds hanging around the ship.

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Then it’s a dry landing on South Plaza Island.

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This one is filled with a red succulent undergrowth with cactus forest.

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This one has a different breed of land iguana.

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Nesting gulls

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A large group of bachelor sea lions

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Large schools of fish you can see just below the surface of the water.

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The red crabs that look like they’ve already been cooked.

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And lots more land iguanas.

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They have a really funky spine and nobbles on their skin.